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Posted At: November 29, 2011 12:00 PM | Posted By : admin
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Bed Bugs: Las Vegas Home Inspections

Bed bugs are small, wingless parasites that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. Las Vegas home inspectors should learn the signs to look for and be capable of providing information to their clients.  Bed bugs can hide almost anywhere, from curtains to books and picture frames and children's backpacks.  With the surplus of foreclosures facing Las Vegas, unsuspecting home buyers and investors are purchasing home foreclosures only to find after closing that the home is infested with bed bugs.

At the EPA’s National Bed Bug Summit in 2009, researchers decided that the bed bug's revival is more appropriately termed a pandemic rather than an epidemic.  The United States has seen a 50-fold increase in bed bug infestations over the last five years, according to the National Pest Management Association.

If you react to bed bug bites, fortunately, the health dangers posed by bed bugs currently seem to be limited to skin irritation and inflammation.

Adult bed bugs are flat and apple-seed sized with oval bodies and depending upon temperature, they can live for up to a year without feeding. Newly hatched bed bugs are semi-transparent, light white/tan in color, and the size of a poppy seed. Yet, due to their elusive nature, their presence is usually discovered through clues rather than by seeing the bugs themselves. Some signs of bed bugs include fecal staining, blood smears, or the marks that may result from bites if the victim reacts to bed bug bites. Bed bugs do emit a characteristic musty odor, although the smell is sometimes not present in even severe infestations. The bugs also emit a smell that is detectable by dogs, which has lead to the implementation of dogs in bed bug detection. Properly trained dogs can find bed bugs in wall voids, furniture gaps, and other places that humans often overlook and, in doing so, they can target rooms for bed bug treatment.  

It is best for bed bugs to be treated by pest management professionals (PMPs), not homeowners, as there is risk that an inexperienced person may spread the infestation further throughout the home. Bug bombs will be ineffective and merely spread bed bugs. Even chemical sprays designed to kill bed bugs, if used by inexperienced homeowners, may make the infestation worse. Specialists for bed bug inspections can inspect for bed bugs in their immature stages of development, including their eggs, while homeowners cannot. In addition, prep work performed by a homeowner may make it difficult for the PMP to assess the extent of the infestation.

Bed bugs are a growing, serious threat across the county and in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada.  Along with wood-destroying organisms, such as termites, home inspectors may want to enhance their knowledge by learning to recognize the signs of bed bugs because of their potential to infest homes and damage property.  If a home inspector suspects bed bugs, they should recommend bringing in a bed bug home inspector.


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